Lija lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for carrying water, gathering firewood and buying or selling in the market. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Lija participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. She is also in college where her performance is average. Singing, art and walking are her favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Lija to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Lija lives in the hillside community of Amboori, home to approximately 18,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have dirt floors. The primary ethnic group is Malayali and the most commonly spoken language is Malayalam.
The regional diet consists of bananas, chicken and rice. Common health problems in this area include typhoid, cholera, skin infections, influenza, diphtheria, measles and dysentery. Most adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $35 per month. This community has electricity and water but needs improved sanitation, vocational training and income-supplementing programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Anugraha Child Development Center to provide Lija with Bible teaching, choir, leadership training, medical checkups, field trips, special celebrations, school supplies, English classes, vocational skills and school fees. The center staff will also provide skills training and retreats for the parents or guardians of Lija.
India, the world's largest democracy, has a tropical climate in the south and a more temperate climate in the north. The cool season is from November to March; the dry, hot season is from March to June; and the weather is hot and rainy the rest of the year.
In southern India, languages spoken are Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. In this region Christianity dates back to the first century when St. Thomas the apostle landed in Kerala and established a church there. He was eventually martyred in Chennai, where Compassion's southern office is located.
India is home to one of the world's oldest urban civilizations, dating to about 3500 B.C. This civilization declined around 1500 B.C., and soon after came the Aryan invasion and the gradual establishment of Aryan rule. In 1192, Arabs invaded, bringing with them the Islamic faith. British influence came with trading companies in the 1600s. British rule over India was established in 1757 and lasted until 1947, when a peaceful independence movement, made famous by Mohandas Gandhi, achieved its goal. The country now has a federal republic, and Pratibha Patil was elected the first female president of India in 2007.
India's diverse economy encompasses traditional village farming, modern agriculture, handicrafts, a wide range of modern industries, and a multitude of services. The country has capitalized on its large numbers of well-educated people skilled in the English language to become a major exporter of software services and workers.
Map of India
Child's Location: Southeast of Trivandrum